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Wilf Forrow

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  1. Thanks Eric. I just tried Cloud Outliner 2 on my Mac and iPad. It is pretty amazing and very cheap, and isn't far off what I think is the solution, EXCEPT for the fact it's not integrated into EN. I was hoping that any changes I made in EN would be maintained in Cloud Outliner, so you could switch backwards and forwards pretty easily, editing in either. It started off looking as if it would work, based on a few simple changes, but as soon as I did anything complicated, like adding new lines, indenting, etc, it started losing some of the EN data, and that's a huge no-no for me. It might not be far off, and the sync itself worked better than I dared hope. I'll carry on testing, but for me, it's probably not integrated enough and solid enough to be useful - yet. For others it might be ok.
  2. It's great that they're working on a single cross-platform editor - surely this would be a great time to introduce the simplest of 'Lock Note' / 'Unlock Note' feature? I suspect that the best is the enemy of the good here, because there are many other things we'd probably also like, for example: Default this note to Readonly again after close. Default all notes in a Notebook to Readonly. Restrict or give permission to lock or unlock a note. And no doubt, dozens more BUT - people are losing data NOW from typo's, accidental clicks, inadvertent changes, often without realising it. A simple Lock/Unlock Note button would eliminate 99% of them!
  3. I'd like 'Simplify formatting' to offer to compress images for me quickly and easily, without having to worry about the technicalities. I almost always want the image as a small thumbnail to remind me what it's about, not to provide huge detail, and I also want fast (therefore small) notebooks. Ideally 'Simplify formatting' would tell me the size of the note now, and estimate what it could reduce it to with various levels of compression. Ideally with the option to take me through each image in turn, with storage used, and options for the size in the note and compression levels, plus option to delete it completely. Cropping would be an added bonus, but I find most of my images come in to Evernote cropped already.
  4. I absolutely agree. The tool should not dictate the content, but I have to keep my checklist items very short to avoid them wrapping, which is bad - the tail wagging the dog. In other words, checklists should wrap and justify correctly just like bulleted and numbered lists. Perhaps we're asking for an option to make the bullets clickable checkboxes? But whatever's easy to fix this.
  5. I put ‘1.’ in front of the title of the top level note in each category, then 2, 3, 4, in front of second, third and fourth level notes (just the important or fixed ones). That means a quick sort by title brings them to the top, and it works well. I also use shortcuts to do searches by tags of Lev1, Lev2, Lev3, Lev4.
  6. I love Evernote, but it is weak on organising and outlining our notes. With well over a thousand notes, on many topics, it's really hard to keep control, even though I use tags extensively, and create master notes to help index it all. But that takes huge manual effort. Search links could be an easy way to help with this. I think proper outlining and/or tabs to link notes would be more powerful, but would be massively more work. I would not want to wait for searches to complete every time I open a note, so it would need to cache the last contents, perhaps with a 'Refresh' button and a 'last refreshed n days ago' . Great idea though.
  7. This would be transformational. This is the one key feature of Microsoft OneNote that I really miss. Better at top (or side) of note than bottom , ideally configuration option. Would be great way to link related notes, so if easier to implement, each tab could be a separate note.
  8. I think Evernote's tagging is actually the best compromise of simplicity with functionality. In jcy23's example, I would have 'Insurance' as a discreet tag. I think Evernote should improve the UI for searching by tags, so jcy23 could more intuitively search for tag:Car1* AND tag:Insurance. At present, adding tags is brilliant, you just start typing, and Evernote narrows down the list to those that start with those characters. It would be great if searching could be that easy. As has been said, Evernote only supports hierarchical tags on the desktop. What works well for me, on Mac and on iOS, is to SIMULATE a tag hierarchy with prefixes like 'Loc:' for locations, 'Org:' (for organisations). So I have tags like 'Loc:France', 'Loc:UK', 'Loc:USA'. I can search for TRAILING wildcards like tag:Loc:U* to bring up UK and USA. But only on the Mac can the wildcard be embedded, like 'tag:*UK*'. That's very powerful, and it should be on all platforms.
  9. I'm guessing it's because Evernote is effectively supporting already horrendously complex HTML. When I merge clips from multiple different websites into a single note, each with their own complex multi-level style sheets, I'm just staggered that it can make any sense of it. So what looks easy on screen hides massive complexity under the covers. But that doesn't mean to say I don't need it - I resort to the 'Simplify formatting' command so often that I've nearly given up trying to format anything in Evernote - that's not good for my notes, or for Evernote's long term survival. Please do it!
  10. For me this needs to include selective hiding of topics and levels, live MS Word has done for ever. So for example, I can just show levels 1 and 2 at heading level, but expand one section that I'm working on to show the detail, and lower level text. The reason it's so important is that you can see the overview of a big document, but dive into the detail as and when you need to. As has been said so many times, we currently have to break down big or complex notes to multiple notes, which is a pretty poor workaround.
  11. +1 It's just too easy to lose data to accidental edits. Even if I spot it, its hard to undo on iOS, but often I don't until too late. Here's what I would like, in descending order of importance: 1) Specify that all notes are read only until edit mode is specifically enabled on each note - eg by button or menu. Ideally a user setting per platform, so that people could better protect their iPad, which is often left around, without restricting their PC. Read only notes would still allow non-destructive operations such as searching, selecting, copying, printing, etc. Ideally, the first time the editor detects a change on a read-only note, it would prompt to ask whether to enable edit mode. 2) If that is too hard, then show a highly visible 'change marker' whenever an edit is detected, so I can undo it if was accidental. Ideally, a brightly coloured button in the note title, which would be cleared automatically when I closed the note window, or when I clicked it to acknowledge the change, and showing the time it was last edited (to distinguish previous deliberate edits in the same session). Ideally the button would include an 'undo' option, especially for iOS if you have disabled the 'shake to undo' function. 3) Less important, but very useful (to me anyway). Specify that individual notes or notebooks are read only. Perhaps by a special tag of 'ReadOnly'? Perhaps require elevated authorisation to enable edits - perhaps by Evernote password.
  12. Yes please. This is currently so awkward I never use it. Clarification: Just found out that it's easier to create links than I realised - find the note you want to link to, use menu 'Note/Copy note link', back to original note, paste. On Mac, the keyboard shortcut is easy to remember Ctrl/Alt Copy (Copy being command-C on Mac). And yes, links DO seem to be preserved if you change the title. The long discussion here about avoiding links because they get broken might only apply to advanced users who use .enex export, which I don't. Unless someone can tell me I'm wrong.
  13. Filtering by Tag 'x' in the side view is brilliant, but I often need to narrow the results down further by searching for 'y' (still within tag 'x'). But typing 'y' into the search box clears the tag filter and searches across all notes, which is not at all useful, or even obvious that it's happened. Please can EN pre-fill the search box with the text 'tag:x<space>', so that I can add 'y' to get the result I want. This is very quick, simple and intuitive, unlike more complex techniques such as saved searches. I know I could type 'tag:x' myself, but that's painful and non-intuitive. It would also help non-expert users to see how the 'tag:' search works. As far as I can see, filtering by tag 'x' is exactly the same as searching for 'tag:x', so it's consistent with Evernote behaviours. The search box 'add search option' adds tags in icon format, rather than text, but this precludes the brilliant wildcard tag searches, so the simpler text format is my preference, (unless the icon format supports wildcards in future, which would also be good). My primary use of EN is Mac (Version 6.10 (454269 App Store)), but also IOS on iPhone and iPad.
  14. Just tried two levels of tag hierarchy on a Mac, and it looks great. I checked what IOS made of it, and it does understand that they're in a hierarchy, and makes a reasonable job. It displays all tags at the top level, not in an explicit hierarchy, as the Mac does, and it does display the notes as you would expect according to which level you click. I.e. click a top level tag and you see all notes owned in that hierarchy, click a second level tag, and you see just the notes for that tag. But I'm nervous about relying on it, given all the comments about Evernote's lack of enthusiasm. I'd like to see Evernote say that it's a fully supported feature.
  15. Fantastic - this worked for me on about the 5th kill of Evernote app. I forgot to turn off wifi, so maybe that's not necessary. Mine was on an iPad mini, IOS 8, Evernote Version 7.6.4 (upgraded 20-Jan-2015, but bug was present on previous version). In my case, all 656 instances of 'kayak' in the note were highlighted in orange, probably because I had searched for all notes including 'kayak' and then opened this one. In my case, it was the 'Close' button that wouldn't work, not 'Done'.
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